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Harry Burleigh

Henry Thacker "Harry" Burleigh, was an African-American classical composer, arranger, and professional singer known for his baritone voice. The first black composer instrumental in developing characteristically American music, Burleigh made black music available to classically trained artists both by introducing them to spirituals and by arranging them in a more classical form... Read More

Birth nameHenry Thacker Burleigh
BornDecember 2, 1866
Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 12, 1949 (aged 82)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, arranger
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